Saturday, January 4, 2014

"People First" Language! Repost: "A Phrase To Renounce For 2014: ‘The Mentally Ill’"

I love the idea of "people first" language. People are indeed people first, and not defined solely by their mental illness (or femaleness or gayness or...) Maybe the phrase "people with mental illness" doesn't roll off a headline with the slickness of "the mentally ill", but it removes the marginalizing and discriminatory "other" designation that feels like a pox upon my head every time I read or hear it. I hope to see more of this type of awareness in the media and between friends in coffee shops.

A Phrase To Renounce For 2014: ‘The Mentally Ill’

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